Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard writing memoir

Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard writing memoir

Credit: AP

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, U.S. Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard attends the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2009 fashion show at Bryant Park in New York. Beard, a teen sensation at the 1996 summer Olympics and a gold medalist in 1996 and 2004, is working on a memoir that will tell of her "secret life" away from the pool, a "harrowing journey" through drugs, alcohol and eating disorders. "In the Water They Can't See You Cry" will be co-authored by Beard's manager Evan Morgenstein and will come out in Aoril 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

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The Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:49 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard wants to set an example outside the water, as well as in it.

Touchstone announced Tuesday that Beard is working on a memoir that will tell of her life away from the pool, a "harrowing journey" through drugs, alcohol and eating disorders.  

The 29-year-old Beard won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.  

Beard says she hopes her memoir "will help others, especially high school and college-aged women, who may be dealing with some of the same issues."  

"In the Water They can't See You Cry" will be released in April 2012. The book is timed to come out before Beard competes for the 2012 games in London.  

Touchstone is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.  

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
 

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